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Meet the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors candidates

Meet the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors candidates

Two candidates have filed to run for the District 7 seat on the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors in the Nov. 4 election. The water district, established in 1929, oversees and protects water resources in Santa Clara County....

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Schools

New LAHS assistant principal focuses on school activities

New LAHS assistant principal focuses on school activities


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Suzanne Woolfolk, assistant principal at Los Altos High, teaches a leadership course for Associated Student Body leaders.

Suzanne Woolfolk – new assistant principal at Los Altos High School – said she is happy...

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Community

Petting zoo, car show highlight Chamber's annual Fall Festival

Petting zoo, car show highlight Chamber's annual Fall Festival


Courtesy of Los Altos Chamber of Commerce
The petting zoo is a highlight of the Los Altos Fall Festival. This year’s event is slated Oct. 4 and 5.

The Los Altos Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its 23rd annual Fall Festival 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oc...

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Sports

Burlingame bowls over Los Altos

Burlingame bowls over Los Altos


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High halfback Sean Lanoza looks for running room against Burlingame in Saturday’s home opener.

The opening drive of Saturday’s game against Burlingame couldn’t have gone much better for the Los Altos High fo...

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Comment

Does Los Altos have a parking problem, or is it a symptom? : Other Voices

Yes, and yes. It appears that the downtown Los Altos parking problem is a symptom of the city’s “Sarah Winchester” approach to planning that instead of resulting in staircases to nowhere resulted in a hotel without parking required by code.(1)

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Special Sections

Los Altos landmark Four families later, Shoup House goes on the market

Los Altos landmark Four families later, Shoup House goes on the market


Courtesy of Matthew Anello
The Shoup House dining room, above, features original elements. The 100-year-old house on University Avenue earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, a nod to its legacy as the home of city founder Paul S...

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Business

Longtime banker readies for retirement

Longtime banker readies for retirement


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Joanne Kavalaris is retiring at the end of October after spending the past 25 years of her banking career in downtown Los Altos.

A longtime Los Altos banker is calling it a career in a few weeks.

Joanne Kavalaris, Bank o...

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Books

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation


During World War II, Virgilia Short Witzel, a young mother and U.S. Navy officer’s wife, grappled on the home front in Menlo Park with wartime rationing, shortages and loneliness. During the ensuing Cold War, she experienced adventure and misadventur...

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People

VINCENT (TIM) MURPHY JR.

VINCENT (TIM) MURPHY JR.

July 27, 1953 – August 12, 2014

Native Los Altan died Medford, OR. Graduated Bellarmine Prep. Married Josephine Domino, 1950. Licensed Auto Mechanic, Private Pilot, skilled Computer Scientist. Tim “could fix anything”. Afflicted with cancer 2001. ...

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Travel

Taking a Turkey trek: Winging it during the World Cup

Taking a Turkey trek: Winging it during the World Cup


Rich Robertson/Special to the Town Crier
The sun sets over the Aegean Sea in Bodrum, Turkey, left.

Tours that whisk you from Istanbul to Bodrum in 11 days are as plentiful as souvenir hawkers in Turkey, but traveling from the Blue Mosque to Topkapi ...

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Stepping Out

Pear builds wonderful 'House'

Pear builds wonderful 'House'


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Betsy Kruse Craig portrays Trish in the Pear Avenue Theatre production of “House,” which closes Oct. 5.

Mountain View’s Pear Avenue Theatre is staging an unusual theater-going experience – producing two plays...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Local events add color to autumn calendar

Local events add color to autumn calendar


Van Houtte/town crier Visitors make their way through the Children’s Alley.

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees exchange their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red in the fall, an abundance of local events also add ...

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LAH reports little change in enrollment, costs still high

Although measuring the precise return on investment is difficult, it’s clear that residents of Los Altos Hills contribute generously to public education – a tax-dollar total that averaged $27,529 per student last year.

According to the Los Altos Hills Education Committee’s 2012-2013 Enrollment Report, 930 students from Los Altos Hills are enrolled in K-12 public schools in the Los Altos School District, which includes elementary and junior high schools; the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District (MVLA); and the Palo Alto Unified School District, which includes elementary, middle and high schools. Los Altos Hills is split geographically between the two elementary school districts.

With an overall decrease of 22 students, there was no major shift in public school enrollment from the previous year.

Because Bullis Charter School declined to provide enrollment data, Heather Rose, chairwoman of the Education Committee, reported that some statistics – including small decreases in the number of students enrolled in Los Altos schools between eighth and ninth grades – may not be as accurate as they could be.

Although the Los Altos School District enrolls 4 percent more elementary students than the Palo Alto Unified district, the reverse is true for high school enrollment – Palo Alto enrolls 12 percent more students than MVLA, with 183 attending Gunn and 145 attending high schools that include Los Altos Hills within their boundaries.

Rose attributed the reversal in enrollment figures during the transition to high school to private school students entering Gunn. During a committee report to the city council, she noted that the Palo Alto district had a higher concentration of students attending public middle schools than the Los Altos district for the 2012-2013 year. She alluded to possible concerns from residents about the stability of local elementary schools as one explanation.

In addition to highlighting the number of students that attend each public school in the districts, the report provides a breakdown of the taxpayer cost per student in each district.

Students in MVLA receive the highest total revenue at $39,495 per pupil – $36,291 from property taxes and $3,204 in bond-issue revenue for facility expenses. The Los Altos School District’s receives $30,226 per student and the Palo Alto Unified School District averages $26,866.

Property and parcel-tax contributions in 2012-2013 increased nearly 9 percent, or $3,629, per student across all school districts serving Los Altos Hills compared with 2011-2012.

For the complete Los Altos Hills Education Committee 2012-2013 Enrollment Report, visit losaltoshills.ca.gov/documents/committees/education/2013-2013_enrollment_report_presentation_citycouncil.pdf.

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